Reevaluating Early Childhood Education in Michigan

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 -
11:00am to 1:00pm EDT
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Join the Office of Foundation Liaison and CMF’s P-20 Education Affinity Group for a discussion on the state of early childhood in Michigan and how philanthropy can support the system for the future. After a tumultuous year in education due to COVID-19, Michigan is reevaluating its priorities in the early childhood education landscape, including kindergarten readiness, literacy coaches and quality preschool teachers and slots. Engage with the state superintendent for public instruction, representatives from the State Budget Office, the Administration for Children and Families and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation to identify opportunities to strategically support Michigan children within the American Rescue Plan Act and remaining CARES funding.


Dawne Bell, chief executive officer, Early Childhood Investment Corporation

Dawne Bell has over eighteen years of experience as a nonprofit leader and professional fundraiser, specializing on issues affecting women and children such as early care and education, domestic violence, health care, housing and homelessness and workforce development. Before joining ECIC, Dawne most recently served as a foundation executive in Southern Arizona and was previously the chief fundraiser for the largest homeless health care agency in New York City, NY. She also formerly served as the executive director of a statewide nonprofit pediatric hospital foundation for children with special health care needs in New Mexico and led the fundraising and advocacy departments at award-winning health care and social service nonprofit organizations in New Mexico and Michigan. Dawne has served on numerous boards, including the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Women’s Prison Association. She is a frequent speaker to nonprofit organizations, facilitating training workshops on nonpartisan advocacy, fundraising and board engagement. Dawne is a member of AFP and Rotary and was named “40 Under 40” by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star.

Michael Rice, state superintendent, Michigan Department of Education

Dr. Michael F. Rice was appointed Michigan’s 45th superintendent of public instruction by Michigan’s State Board of Education in May 2019. Dr. Rice came to the Michigan Department of Education after serving 17 years as a local district superintendent: 12 years as superintendent in Kalamazoo, MI and 5 as superintendent in Clifton, NJ. During his tenure in Kalamazoo, the community passed all ten education-related ballot initiatives, and the district began full-day pre-school, quintupled the number of full-day kindergarten students, and improved student achievement in all board strategic plan areas of reading, writing, math, Advanced Placement and graduation rates. The district also built its first three new schools in over a third of a century, started an English-Spanish dual language school, began two new alternative programs, and started a mentoring program that served more than 1,400 students. Dr. Rice began his career in public education in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools, where he taught high school French, and founded and coached an award-winning speech and debate program. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors and from New York University with a master’s degree and doctoral degree in public administration, also with honors. His most rewarding work remains his mentoring and teaching of, and informal discussions with, school children-- which he continues to do as Michigan’s state superintendent.


There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.


August 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT


Programming: Olivia Henry via email or call 313-960-4633
Registration: Denise Temple via email or call 616-850-2136

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